So here we are, less than 2 weeks into the New Year, ideas and goals are starting to fall by the wayside and remain incomplete. Maybe they didn’t even get off the ground; probably because you are just too busy or just don’t have the energy.
Does this sound familiar?
You are not alone. I see it all of the time and in the past I’ve experienced some of it myself.
Why does this happen, I hear you ask?
We’re passionate about our businesses and our ideas. We believe we can manage it all. And we certainly have the drive and desire to succeed, don’t we? So with all of this going for most small business owners, why do they fall into the frustrating and disappointing habit of letting themselves down?
Working alone has many benefits, however, just as many pitfalls. Entrepreneurial-minded people typically love the magic moment when an idea is born. They also enjoy creating the strategy.
However, the implementation? Well, that’s another story altogether, isn’t it? Structure, accountability, routine; these words tend not to be your vocabulary if you are a creative, right-brained person. I’m not saying that hard-working business owners are incapable in these areas, but I do believe that implementing things from beginning to end and fine-tuning the process is often much more challenging – and yes, sometimes impossible for the entrepreneur.
And if you are a small business owner without a team to complete the details and some of the implementation, you might get very frustrated. It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole when you try to engage your brain in activities that just don’t feel natural to you.
While lack of resources is often a problem, there is another obvious drawback to being a small business owner – the lack of accountability.
Successful business owners most often engage a coach/mentor and/or participate in Mastermind or results groups. There are so many benefits to these relationships that I can’t even go into them all, but one that seems to be a common denominator for many entrepreneurs is what I call the results factor. When the stumbling blocks have been worked out and a plan has been put in place, they feel more inspired to follow their tasks through to completion results group meeting.
One small success after the other leads to larger success and increased profits, the payoff really becomes obvious. This accountability seems critical to their success.
Making a commitment to yourself is a great start, the trouble is, sometimes it feels OK to let ourselves down. You might find yourself making excuses, and yes, they are excuses! (See my excuses blog here!) and we allow things to elevate in urgency and get out of control until you have so many fires to put out that the well just runs dry.
Instead of exhausting yourself like this, why not join a results driven group of fellow entrepreneurs?
A results driven Mastermind group may raise the bar for you as you challenge and support one another. Our small groups of small business owners simply commit to completing several tasks prior to the next month’s meeting. As a group of stubborn, like-minded entrepreneurs, no one is going to come to the meeting having failed at their commitments!
Think about what motivates you to do the detail work and follow through on your ideas. Blocking out just one day per month can make a huge difference if you block not only the time, but the interruptions as well. Turn off the phone, close your computer and focus on your ‘to do’ list.
Who do you know who will hold your feet to the fire? Someone who will encourage you and offer up the occasional ‘atta boy’ when you’ve stretched beyond your comfort zone? Success is a beautiful thing – even the small successes – and accountability could be the key!
If you want to lift your business to the next level this year and not let your New Year goals slip then join our Entrepreneurs Business Club!
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